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Rebels resolved to give Brumbies test

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Rugby Union Paul Mulvey

THE Melbourne Rebels are determined they will not be letting the Brumbies have as much as fun as they did when the teams last met in Super Rugby a little over a month ago.

The conference-topping Brumbies meet the Rebels again tonight at AAMI Park, six weeks after thrashing them 37-6 in Canberra, but with several changes to the team that was left tryless when edged out 13-12 by Queensland last Saturday.

Impressive fullback Jesse Mogg switches to the wing to make room for Robbie Coleman, forcing Henry Speight to the bench.

Dan Palmer is rested as fellow Wallabies train-on squad prop Ben Alexander switches to the other side of the scrum and Ruaidhri Murphy is promoted at loosehead. Coach Jake White has also rested flanker Ita Vaea and Sam Carter.

The Rebels don't have the luxury of resting players, with injuries testing their depth.

Utility James Hilgendorf takes over from Wallaby Kurtley Beale at five-eighth, while flanker Hugh Perrett will make his run-on debut after being called up from Sydney club rugby last month.

After the Rebels crashed to earth with a 66-24 hammering by the Hurricanes last week after two good wins, coach Damian Hill says the players are resolved to take it up to the Brumbies.

''They had a bit of fun with us last time we played them so the guys are all up and really focused on being a lot more competitive this week,'' Hill said yesterday.AAP

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